Ian Williams loved David Chariandy's novel Brother in 2017
Happy holidays! CBC Books asked authors to share their favourite books of 2017. We will be publishing these recommendations throughout December.
Ian Williams chose Brother by David Chariandy, the novel that won the 2017 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.
"I read David Chariandy's Brother while it was in manuscript form. I woke from a bad dream and read it into the sunrise. It's a novel about how one brother copes with the death of another. Its world is very Toronto — diverse, energetic, youthful, ambitious. But the scale of tragedy and the efficiency with which Chariandy moves between archetype and stereotype is Greek. There used to be an epigraph from Antigone but it got pulled in the published version. Someone should ask him about that. Maybe a future edition will resurrect it.
"As I said, I read it after a nightmare. The best books don't offer you an escape from your life but company in it."
Ian Williams is a fiction writer and poet. He was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2013 for the poetry collection Personals. Williams' first book of poetry, You Know Who You Are, was shortlisted for the 2013 ReLit Awards and his collection of short stories, Not Anyone's Anything, won the 2012 Danuta Gleed Literary Award.